A new book highlights the shortcomings of the campaign for marriage equality—but is it too pessimistic about what its success means for the LGBT community?
As Lily Allen shows, it's hard to satirize modern music videos and be a hit without reproducing the very formula getting skewered.
To claim that equality is the natural order is to forget the entire history of feminism.
Critics deride the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street alike as motivated by envy. Is that such a bad thing?
Giving history's most influential women the sparkly-gown treatment, as artist David Trumble has, doesn't trivialize them—it celebrates them.
Educational materials rely heavily on the public domain, which means they tend to be filled with texts written before the mid-1920s.
Steve McQueen's film fudges several details of Solomon Northup's autobiography—both intentionally and not—to more completely portray the horrors of slavery.
Unlike Glory or Django Unchained, Steve McQueen's film resists the notion that a slave could overcome the institution just by fully asserting his masculinity.
The new documentary My Other Me serves as a reminder that invented identities aren't the enemy of geekery—sometimes, they're an essential component of it.
The new documentary The Network shows how TOLO TV is attempting to bring free media to Afghanistan.
Sinead O'Connor has accused her of taking on a phony new identity, but self-reinvention is often the whole point of pop.
A new documentary pays rich tribute to the Alabama city's color-blind musical contributions in the '60s, but skims over the more difficult issues raised by its material.
In America's most segregated city, some communities live with security, others in constant fear of violent crime.
A Q&A with Julia Serano, author of Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive
A group of comedians court laughs and combat Islamophobia in a new tour documentary, and their mediocrity is their biggest asset.
The documentary The Revisionaries exposes the outrageous amount of power the Texas State Board of Education has. But this is a symptom, not the cause, of a broken system.
Enough with the quest for label-free literature. The New York Times Book Review should embrace its status as a fanzine for literary-fiction diehards.
A recent speech at Yale inadvertently sums up what's wrong with the art form these days: Its gatekeepers believe poetry matters because it's poetry, not because of what it says.
Since the Civil War, Union rhetoric has justified military adventurism -- so it's no accident that neo-Confederates and nativists are often the loudest anti-imperial voices.
A conversation with Stanley Hauerwas, pacifist theologian, on Syria and why "humanitarianism" is a red herring.